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Amtrak bridge work in Connecticut remains on pace for 2014 completion


Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez recently reviewed work on the Amtrak/U.S. Route 1 bridge project in Branford, Conn., with other federal and state officials, who believe the project will be completed as scheduled in 2014. The project will partially be funded by $70.8 million in federal stimulus dollars — the largest American Recovery and Recovery Act grant provided to Connecticut.

The project calls for reconstructing and lengthening an Amtrak bridge to enable more highway lanes and sidewalks to be added to U.S. Route 1, which is located underneath the rail bridge. Traffic lanes will be increased from two to five to help alleviate a major bottleneck in the region.

“Not only is this project fixing a major problem for U.S. Route 1 drivers, but it is stimulating the local economy to benefit all area residents,” said Mendez in a prepared statement.

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